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02/10/2021 Insider Study Club- Biofilm Panel Discussion

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST

 

Biofilm and the Role of Dentistry in Integrated Healthcare Systems
Microbial biofilms are complex clusters of bacteria that attach to a surface and can be found throughout
the human body. Scientific evidence and medical science have recognized bacterial biofilm as a reservoir
for pathogenic bacteria and the role it plays in the pathogenesis of disease. The cardiovascular,
respiratory, and digestive systems are examples of different body systems with biofilm-associated
diseases. The impact of pathogenic bacteria on systemic health has emphasized the identifying and
treatment of biofilm-related diseases.
Dental infections are biofilm-related. According to the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, 700
species of bacteria can live in the mouth. People with poor oral hygiene can have between 100 million
and 1 billion bacteria living on each tooth. Furthermore, pathogens found in periodontal disease are
linked to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, adverse pregnancy outcomes, respiratory disease, and
Alzheimer’s disease.
It has been 20 years since the Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health was released and alerted
Americans on the relationship between oral health and general health and wellbeing. Since then,
science, research, and technologies have advanced tremendously, but the public still needs integrated
care. It is time for dental professionals to be recognized for their role in identifying and managing oral
biofilm and the associated inflammation and its impact on systemic health, the bridge between
medicine and dentistry!

Speakers:
✅ Anne Guignon RDH, MPH
✅ Dr. Gergory Kurtzman MAGD, FPFA, FACD, FADI, DICOI, DADIA, DIDIA
✅ Fran Hornig RDH, HIAOMT, CIABDM
✅ Melissa Obratka RDH, BBA, ICP
✅ Shavonne Healy 
MSDH, RDH, ICP

Objectives:
 Characterize the 4 stages of biofilm formation. (Anne Guignon)
 Discuss the association between oral biofilm and systemic health. (Melissa Obratka)
 Present advancements in technology and science that enhance biofilm identification
management. (Fran Hornig)
 Discuss the role of dental professionals in integrated health systems. (Dr. Kurtzman)

Details

Date:
February 10
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Organizer

Patti DiGangi RDH, BS
Phone:
269.873.6264
Email:
idhasherri4n@gmail.com
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